More than 270 deacons and wives gathered at the 2019 Diaconate Convocation on June 1. Bishop Mark Bartosic, episcopal vicar for Vicariate II, was the keynote presenter.
The theme of the Convocation was “Lord, Teach Us to Pray” and 16 different workshops were offered ranging from Franciscan and Carmelite spirituality to spiritual direction to the Eucharist.
The annual ministry awards were presented after lunch. Outstanding ministry in evangelization, service to the poor, shared ministry by a couple, and ministry by a wife or widow were recognized.
Deacon Freddy Palacios received this year’s St. Stephen the Deacon Award for outstanding ministry for his work with young people in Guatemala. Deacon Tim Sullivan won the St. Lawrence Award for his work with the poor; Deacon Jose Estrada received the St. Philip Award for Evangelization; Deacon Manuel and Luz Salgado received the Couple Ministry Award; and Marlene Heyes won the St. Priscilla Award for outstanding ministry by a woman.